Steve Harvey, the host of tonight’s Miss Universe pageant, did the one thing that the host of any award show absolutely cannot do: he announced the wrong winner. It was hilarious.
This evening, Miss Colombia was crowned Miss Universe, at the Miss Universe pageant. This was a mistake: it was Miss Philippines who should have been crowned (and was, eventually), but host Steve Harvey read the cue card wrong.
Here is a video of the incident.
This is how the broadcast ended:
The final two contestants standing were Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines, and Harvey wished them both luck as he opened the envelope and prepared to read the winner.
He then mistakenly announced that Miss Colombia was the winner.
She proceeded to stand there and blow kisses to the crowd for a few minutes while Ol’ Steve silently contemplated his fuck-up.
He finally worked up the courage to slink over to Miss Colombia and announce his mistake. This was just a wonderful bit of live TV.
Steve Harvey, Crowns Wrong Miss Universe
Harvey was quick to take responsibility. “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia,” he tweeted. “This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”
Here’s a closer look at the cue card itself.
However, neither “Philippians” nor “Columbia” are countries. The tweet was promptly deleted.
For such a ludicrous mistake to be made in as regimented a spectacle as the Miss Universe contest is essentially unheard of—especially at its climax—whether this was staged is probably an open question. Regardless, Colombia looks pretty devastated.